On Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 and the Buffalo Bills suffered their first loss of the 2011 season to the Cincinnati Bengals.
In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outside of the labs and law offices of the world.
This week’s alumni tracker takes us back to the NFL where former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 suffered his first loss of the 2011 season.
Entering Sunday’s action, Fitzpatrick was coming off his best month of football since graduation. He received the AFC Offensive Player of the Month honor for September and entered the day with the NFL’s leading offense.
Senior quarterback Collier Winters suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener against Holy Cross, and has not appeared since. According to his tweets, it appears that he will miss this week's game at Cornell as well.
After suffering what appeared at the time to be a minor hamstring injury, senior quarterback Collier Winters has not appeared in a game since the season opener Sept. 17.
It now looks like he might be out for a little while longer. Winters confirmed that he would be out for this week's game against Cornell.
"I sat down with our trainer, Brant Berkstresser, and our head coach today, and [we] discussed the options, trying to see where I was at with my rehab and everything, and how I was feeling," Winters said. "And I’m not quite back to 100 percent yet, so I think they’re going to let my try and heal up one week, and rest up, and my goal will be to play next week."
Harvard alum Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Month yesterday.
Things just keep getting better for Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05.
After leading his Buffalo Bills to a 3-0 start, the former Crimson quarterback has gone from a player little known outside Harvard Yard and upstate New York to a national media darling in a matter of weeks (as an example, if Fitzpatrick’s Google Trends chart were a polygraph, he would have been accused of recently telling more lies than Pinocchio).
Harvard football alum Eric LaHaie ’02 (in red) is racing in the Sahara in honor of his late teammate and friend, Niall Murphy ’02 (dark blue jacket).
Harvard football alum, Eric LaHaie ’02, has headed to the Sahara Desert to race in honor of his late teammate and friend, Niall Murphy ’02.
LaHaie and Murphy were best friends and both All-Ivy defenders for the Crimson.
Murphy, who was also a hurdler on the track and field team, suffered from diabetes at a young age and passed away suddenly in February due to complications from juvenile diabetes.
Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick '05
Buffalo Bills and former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 has enjoyed quite a bit of attention recently for leading a perennially underachieving team to an unblemished 3-0 record. After Fitzy’s heroics against the Patriots, ESPN named the former Crimson star as the top player in this week’s Cross-Sport Power Rankings.
That was just one of several ESPN features on Fitzpatrick in recent weeks. Another that has grabbed the attention of many (including our very own Greg Mankiw) was an interview with Fitzy during ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown.
Rachel Nichols sat down with Fitzpatrick to talk about what everyone else talks to Fitzpatrick about: what it means to play in the NFL without having come from Auburn, LSU, Florida, etc. Instead of letting this bit be like the hundreds of interviews that discuss how hard it is for a Harvard man to throw a football, the segment added a new twist.
Find out after the jump!